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Message from CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero for the 2019 Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards

Under the theme Fighting Transboundary Environmental Crime

13 November 2019, Bangkok, Thailand


Madame Ambassador Rødsmoen
Distinguished Award Winners
Ladies and Gentlemen

CITES publishes ambitious programme of work for 2020-2022

Geneva, 7 November 2019 – The CITES Secretariat published today the full suite of Decisions adopted at the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18) held in Geneva, Switzerland from 17 to 28 August 2019.

CITES Secretary-General commends outcomes of first high level conference on illegal wildlife trade in the Americas

Geneva/Lima, 4 October 2019 – Whilst poaching and wildlife trafficking in Africa and Asia have attracted considerable media and public attention in the past few years, far less has been heard about illegal wildlife trade in the Americas. Yet all is not well in this most biodiversity-rich region on our planet.

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CITES welcomes new UN General Assembly resolution on tackling illicit trafficking in wildlife

Geneva, 20 September 2019: At the 73rd session United Nations General Assembly, the 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted its fourth resolution on tackling illicit trafficking in wildlife.

Music to your ears: CITES CoP18 moves towards strengthened regulations for tropical trees, as well as cautious exemptions for rosewood musical instruments

CITES going full steam ahead to ensure sustainable use of marine resources

Hard work begins after more shark species are listed under CITES

Closing remarks of CITES Secretary-General at the 18th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES

Eighteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES

Closing remarks of CITES Secretary-General, Ivonne Higuero

Geneva (Switzerland), 28 August 2019

Chair, Alternate Chair, Chairs of Committees I and II, esteemed delegates, dear colleagues,

CITES conference responds to extinction crisis by strengthening international trade regime for wildlife

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Eco-thriller Chasing the Thunder to screen at World Wildlife Conference

Geneva, 27 August 2019 – This evening will see the Swiss premiere of Chasing the Thunder, which is being screened on the margins of the World Wildlife Conference – CITES CoP18 – at the Palexpo Convention Centre. The audience will experience compelling high-seas action in this anti-poaching documentarythriller, which is part of the larger “Ocean Warriors” series on Discovery’s Animal Planet network. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with former Interpol officer Alistair McDonnell.